Michael Ledford, Partner and Vice President for Client Management, joined Lewis-Burke Associates LLC in March 2000. He directs the efforts of Lewis-Burke government affairs professionals on behalf of all clients.
During his tenure at the firm, Mr. Ledford has worked to influence policy throughout the federal process, including helping to create new federal initiatives to support the development of innovation ecosystems and shepherding large-scale science projects through the congressional appropriations and oversight process. He has also successfully handled numerous congressionally-directed projects in various appropriations accounts. In addition to the appropriations process, Mr. Ledford has assisted clients with assessments of key research programs, advised client leadership on short and long-term business strategies, worked with federal agency officials to enhance research initiatives, and served in coalitions to advance client agendas.
As part of the client's advocacy strategy, Mr. Ledford has proposed and drafted legislation creating new federal programs or protecting major assets, worked with client administrations to manage the complex federal response following natural disasters, and coordinated with senior hospital administrators during interactions with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Mr. Ledford holds a law degree from Georgetown University’s Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in political science from American University in Washington, D.C. He is also a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies. He has served on executive committees for higher education associations and on the board of a D.C.-based national non-profit organization.